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Summary of 07 April 2009 Announcement: Enhancements to Sub-capacity

On April 7, 2009, IBM announced enhancements to Sub-capacity licensing for PVU-based products available in Passport Advantage.  As more customers have taken advantage of virtualization technologies in their server environments, IBM has introduced significant improvements to the Sub-capacity Licensing offering, including the release of the IBM License Metric Tool (ILMT) announced in July, 2008.

07 April 2009 enhancements

With the April 7, 2009 announcement, additional enhancements include:

  1. Expansion of sub-capacity licensing eligibility to most IBM Processor Value Unit (PVU)-based software
  2. Simplified product ordering and license tracking using a single part number for both full and sub-capacity licensed environments
  3. Additional eligible virtualization technologies for x86 servers:
    • Citrix Xen Server 4.1 and 5.0 for single server, resource pool (a group of servers with XenCenter 5.0), and XenMotion (mobility)
    • Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V for single server, cluster, and Quick Migration (mobility)
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 (Xen) for single server
    • VMware Server 2.0 (single server)
    • Eligibility of certain BIOS settings and operating system commands for x86 servers that limit processor core resources

Statements of direction

Additionally, IBM made the following Statements of Direction*:

During the third quarter of 2009, IBM plans to make the following IBM PowerVM virtualization technologies eligible with support in ILMT:

During the third quarter of 2009, IBM plans to add support in ILMT for the following eligible VMware virtualization technologies:

During the second half of 2010, IBM plans to add ILMT support for the following eligible x86 virtualization technologies:

*All statements regarding future IBM direction and intent are subject to  change or withdrawal without notice and represent goals and objectives only.